Category Archives: Nikeisha Fortenberry

The NHAS Strategy is on Its Way to Stopping HIV/AIDS

On July 13, 2010 President Obama delivered the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).  This strategy is designed to restrain the spread of infection and to allocate treatment resources that are lacking around the nation.  In Obama’s speech, he asserted three primary goals for the NHAS: To reduce HIV incidence To increase access to care and optimizing […]

Rape in Congo: It’s Not Part of Their Culture… It’s Wrong and Needs to Stop

“You don’t consider rape a security threat…Rape here is so common…It’s cultural.”   After reading that quote, are you stunned?  Well, if your reaction is a blank stare, a furrowed eyebrow, and a thought somewhere along the lines of, “who in their right mind would think rape is cultural,” you are thinking clearly and, might I […]

July Celebrates Women’s Motorcycle Month

In May, Harley Davidson celebrated Women Riders Month and now during the month of July, Nationwide Insurance has teamed with the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum to celebrate Women’s Motorcycle Month. The month is to celebrate women motorcyclists, both present female riders and women riders of the past who paved the way. While this sport […]

Our Role as Feminists

I was having a talk with one of the work-studies at the Women’s Center about “feminists” and how people oftentimes associate this term with “man-hating, angry, loud, dominating, non-shaving” women who are always complaining about the inequalities between men and women.  As we chuckled at this horrible depiction, we did agree that there are still […]

We Can’t Remain Silent Any Longer

For the past week now, I have been training with MOCSA to become a volunteer assisting victims of sexual violence.  MOCSA, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, is an organization which serves individuals who suffered from any form of sexual violence.  Their mission is to lessen the ill effects of sexual assault and abuse through […]

Miller Lite Wants You to “Man” Up

Miller Lite has created two commercials advertising their beer product.  Unfortunately, the commercials are very sexist towards women. They assume women don’t care about the taste of beer and actually insinuating that beer is a ‘man’ thing.  After looking at this commercial numerous times, this is clearly a misrepresentation of all women.  The fact of […]

What Would You Do?

What would you do if you saw a woman being battered?  Would you do something – maybe call the police? Or would you just ignore it and think that it wasn’t any of your business? You may think that you would try to intervene.  But are you sure? This question came up in a recent […]

Elena Kagan’s Sexual Orientation… Is it a Big Deal or Not?

Lately in the news, there has been much debate about Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s sexual orientation and whether or not it matters when considering her nomination to the Supreme Court.  A recent article in the Washington Post addressed the issue from both sides of the argument.  Some American’s feel that it is our business to […]

So What If You Are A Man, You Are Still Important to the Women’s Center

 “So why is there only a women’s center and not a men’s center?”  “How can a man benefit from a women’s center?”   These are just a couple questions the Women’s Center staff at UMKC receives from men who walk into our office.  We are constantly asked these questions because there seems to be a perception that men are […]

January is Stalking Awareness Month

Every year in January, National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) educates our nation to fight against this horrible crime.  According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one in 12 women will be stalked in their lifetime for an average of two years.  Additionally, 76% of female homicide victims are stalked prior to death, and more than […]